Fantasy Stars of the Week

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The biggest and brightest from the past week in fantasy hockey.

3rd Star, from the Pittsburgh Penguins, numero 9, Pascal Dupuis... no Crosby, no problem. The 34 year-old Dupuis had scored 20 goals only once in his career before hitting 25 last season. This year he's on pace for an unlikely 40 over 82 games. He posted a pair of three-point games this week and finished with 2+5=7, plus-7, two PPP, six hits and two blocks.

2nd Star, from the Columbus Blue Jackets, numero 72, Sergei Bobrovsky... ok, this is getting a bit ridiculous. At .932, Bobrovsky currently has the second-best save percentage in the league, ahead of lightweights like Henrik Lundqvist, Tuukka Rask and Cory Schneider. Bob also has the 6th-best GAA (2.01) and is tied for second in shutouts (4). This week he went three for three with 0.97 / .971 peripherals, and did so against some decent competition in beating the Sharks (4-0), Blues (4-1) and Wild (3-2).

1st Star, from the Toronto Maple Leafs, numero 81, Phil Kessel... three games, five goals (1 PPG, 1 GWG), two assists, plus-4, 14 shots, two PPP, and Kessel is now tied for tenth in league scoring. With a week like that, we can overlook his zero hits and one crappy block, but that's not why you're dressing him anyway. His 82-game pace looks like 30+54=84, 284 SOG and 32 PPP. For those who keep track of such things, Tyler Seguin's pace is 30+28=58, 264 SOG and 12 PPP, and Dougie Hamilton is still Dougie Hamilton.

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Rookie Star of the Week: Richard Bachman. Full credit to Alex Chiasson (3+1=4) and Richard Panik (2+2=4), but Bachman takes the cake by winning all three of his starts with sizzling 1.09 / .963 peripherals. No one expected Dallas to start winning after they were major sellers at the deadline. And probably next to no one started Bachman this week, as he's been pretty awful this season, and his overall stats (3.18 / .894) will still hurt your eyes.

Breakout Star of the Week: Alex Chiasson. As line assignments go, playing with Ray Whitney and Jamie Benn is a pretty decent way to start one's NHL career. Chiasson has taken full advantage with six goals in his first six games. He's scored on almost half his shots, so that won't continue, but there is a lot to like about the first impressions here.

Breakdown of the Week: Carey Price. Does this guy not realize it's playoff time in head-to-head leagues? His week got progressively worse. First, a 3-2 loss to the Capitals. Then Peter Budaj got the next start for the Habs (a 5-1 win). But Price saved his worst for Saturday night, allowing three goals on four shots before being yanked at 10:25 of the first period. His bottom line this week: 5.16 GAA, .806 SV%, and a laughable 25 saves.

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